A Good News Story

Community pub wins pub of the year 2017.

This good news story shows how it is possible to resurrect your local pub. It takes time, money and an awful lot of public spirited effort, but…

The cooperatively-owned George & Dragon pub in Hudswell, North Yorkshire, has won the Campaign for Real Ale’s (Camra) National Pub of the Year award.

The pub closed in 2008, leaving the village with no other facilities apart from a village hall, but within two years reopened after extensive renovations as a result of the local community banding together to form the Hudswell Community Pub Group and buying back the pub.

As well as acting as a meeting place and venue, it is also home to the village library, a local shop staffed by volunteers, community allotments, and offers free internet access for its patrons.

Camra was particularly impressed with the pub’s warm and welcoming atmosphere and strong community ethos, the large beer terrace offering panoramic views over the Swale Valley, and the range of real ales and ciders available…

Please read the full article on The Caterer website and take a look at the pub’s own website.

In 8 years this pub has gone from closed to winning CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year award. This clearly shows that it isn’t impossible!